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OMG, what the heck am I doing right now?

What is this?  Am I?  Yes!  I’m blogging!!!! 

And I have something very blogworthy to share: I finished the center panel of the Crown Prince Square Shawl also known as the Wedding Shawl!  I don’t think I’ve mentioned on the blog that I’m getting married this October!  And this means for the next 10 months I am almost completely devoting myself to wedding knitting . . . I have several projects in mind.

But first!  The Wedding Shawl in all of her beauty:

 I had previously cast on for it  prior to getting engaged . . . anticipating that a proposal would be – HAD to be – coming soon.  That proved to be bad knitting karma (or something) because I totally screwed up, dropped a few stitches, and didn’t have any life lines to fall back on.  I ended up pulling out all my progress and setting it aside.

In November, when we got home from Hawaii and were officially engaged, I began again.  This time, I inserted life lines after every pattern repeat which helped me relax several times when I dropped a stitch or realized that I had done something wrong. 

Here’s a close up of all the knubs:

The knubs are 7 yarn overs in one stitch that you purl together on the backside row.  I learned early on that the yarn overs should be wrapped very loosely around the needle and a very pointy needle (I used addi turbo lace needles which have a longer, more pointed tip than regular addi’s) is helpful to pick up and purl without missing a single yarn over.  I mention this because you’ll be knitting lots of these knubs for the bridesmaid shawl!  Thank you for that, by the way.  Oh, and the yarn is back ordered so it’ll be about a month until it arrives in Virginia.

Today, I picked up the book French Girl Knits because I’m drawn to the pattern Veronique . . . I bought four skeins of black shimmery yarn for it (with a gift certificate I got from Ron for Christmas so I don’t think I’m *technically* breaking my yarn diet) because I’m thinking it might be a cute wedding reception shrug.  I know that I’ll want to take off the Wedding Shawl after the ceremony . . . it’ll be hard to dance and socialize in it and I don’t want to snag or get it covered in bloody mary (you never know!).  Something with sleeves seems ideal for the reception, don’t you think?

Veronique

Other possible patterns for the reception under consideration are:

Posh Wedding Shrug

The Granny Smith Cardigan

Top-Down Shoulder Warmer

So, I have some mulling over to do . . . and I may not even decide until we go wedding dress shopping this May.

Next up, I need to finish the edging of the Wedding Shawl (Can’t WAIT to cast on the 400-plus stitches not once but TWICE) and sew it on. . . I want to finish my Victoria Yoke Pull-over (a left over knit from 2009 I am *this close* to finishing – I just need to find buttons and crochet them on.  I think this would be cute to wear in our engagement photos),  and knit a pair of gloves and a hat for R (two items he’s requested for a while and he’s proven himself to be very knit worthy) . . . then it’s on to the two bridesmaid shawls for the non-knitters of the group, my reception shrug, and maybe something for Ron to wear in our engagement photos (like a chunky scarf or something).  Yeah, that should keep my busy through October. . .

So . . . what’s going on with you?

 

 

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It’s a sickness

Dear Anna,

I fell off the wagon.  I bought yarn.

You know how I imposed the No New Yarn Until Maryland Sheep & Wool Fest Rule?  I fully intended to knit from my very well-stocked yarn loft . . . and I still do . . . but I had a bit of a breakdown this past week.

It all started very well-meaning enough.  I was about to finish my Marlene’s and needed a new project.  Ron asked for a new beanie and he since he wears his current Koolhaas hat just about every day, he is definitely beanie worthy.  I wanted to knit a hat that would look like it came from one of the surf shops he typically goes shopping at – something on tiny needles with thin yarn.  I decided on the Pismo Beach Hat (Rav Link) but also briefly considered doing something similar to the Waffle Hat (Rav Link) only with lighter weight yarn.

This meant that I needed to pick up a skein of yarn since I didn’t have any sock yarn handy that met the needs of this particular man hat (i.e. in the colors of black, brown, blue, or gray – solid).  This also meant it was a perfect opportunity to check in on a brand new knitting store that just opened up in Vista about ten minutes from my office.  I didn’t take pictures (forgot my camera) but it’s a cute, somewhat small, but well-stocked store carrying a range of yarn. Friendly without breathing down your neck or pestering you. I selected a skein of Heritage Solid Sock by Cascade (I knit my Marlene’s out of this yarn and I LOVE it) and a skein of Jawoll Superwash Lang Yarns in blue so Ron could choose.  Then, I saw that they were having a 30 percent off sale on Jitterbug . . . and they had the mostly lovely shade of gold.  Behold the goodness:

Dreamy, Smooshy, Golden Jitterbug

Dreamy, Smooshy, Golden Jitterbug

So, $14 per skein is a deal (original price $21) . . . so I bought two. One just isn’t enough for a pair of socks for me but I actually don’t plan on turning these into socks.  I envision this dreamy, smooshy, golden goodness to become a Multnomah, an herbivore, or an Aestlight.

So, I broke down . . . I bought when I shouldn’t have, it’s a sickness this compulsion for on sale Jitterbug . . . but from here on out I’m going to stay strong! 

And in the meantime, I have five inches of 1×1 twisted rib a head of me.  I guess I didn’t get enough of the twisted rib when I finished Marlene:

Twisted Rib Insanity = Marlene

Twisted Rib Insanity = Marlene

They are lovely though.  I’m wearing them now and I just adore the Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn.  ADORE it.  It reminds me of Lorna’s Lace . . . but cheaper. The stitches just pop and the color selection is tremendous. Plus, the price is more than decent at approx. $12/skein. Anna, you must try it.

So, that’s it from So Cal.  It’s another sunny autumn day!  I think I felt a tinge of cold in the air but then it went away.  🙂

XOXO,

Margaret

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Don’t Call it a Comeback!

Dear Anna,

How exciting!  Our new revitalized blog is BACK.  But, don’t call it a comeback.  We’ve been for years!  Rockin’ our peers and putting knittas in fear . . .

Oh.  Got a little carried away with the Ladies Love Cool J lyrics. Where is that guy these days anyway? 

So, I received the most thoughtful unexpected gift ever last week.  A friend of R’s is pretty fascinated that I knit – but in a good way.  You can tell when some one is incredulous and thinks your pretty much the queen of dorks when you tell them that you knit and when some one is truly interested and curious about why you do it and how it really only takes two sticks and a piece of string to make something useful and beautiful.

As it turns out, he HAPPENED to know someone who raises and cares for sheep (like an aunt by marriage or something) and  said he was going to ask for some yarn and have it sent to me. That was awhile go and I totally forgot.  You know, it’s the thought that counts and whatever. . .

Then one evening, The Boyfriend came hope with a bag and in  it was three skeins of hand spun, undyed, sport weight yarn from a sheep named Sylus (an awesome name for a sheep, by the way):

Sylus the Sheep Yarn

Sylus the Sheep Yarn

 The Boyfriend has requested a pair of fingerless gloves out of it.  And I think I’d have enough for a hat and maybe even a beret or hat for me.  We’ll see . . . because first I need to finish my Marlene socks (Rav Link).

They are a little slow going because of all the twisted stitches. I’ve also had to tink back several times from screwing up the pattern.  The pattern itself isn’t difficult.  In fact, I pretty much memorized after completing the second repeat. 

I’m using Cascade Sock Yarn (Rav Link) which I am seriously impressed with.  The color is beautiful and the yarn feels resilient.  I bought it for about $12 while in your home town (or, just outside of your hometown – at the shop with the awesome sign of the sheep wearing a top hat) and the yardage is seriously good.  I would totally buy this stuff again.

By the way, your review of DB Magazine was pretty righteous (I’m listening to 80s music so that word just needed to be used).    I am surprised by how much I like the sweater coat on the cover.  But alas, I am on a major yarn diet until spring of 2010 . . . I am determined to make it to the Maryland Seep and Wool Fest next year!

Happy knitting!

Love, Margaret

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